"Information Overload" - Melbourne Writers Festival 2011

A panel discussion debating the merits and pitfalls of the contemporary information deluge. Featuring Suelette Dreyfus, Jay Rosen and Jeremy Goldkorn. Chaired by Jeff Sparrow. 28 August 2011.
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#MWR2011 Jeff Sparrow, editor of Overland introducing the panel for 'Information Overload': "a distinguished panel..."
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Jeremy Goldkorn: "In China I'm exposed to an Internet and media culture where information is not open." #MWF2010
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JK: July 23rd a horrific train accident occurred in China, killing at least 39 ppl (or more.) #MWF2010
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JK: Ministry of Railway said the accident was caused by lightening strike - but ppl had already uploaded footage via social media #MWF2011
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JK: State owned broadcaster questioned the gvts' explanation. Then the China Daily editorialized. This was extraordinary. #MWF2010
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JK: Within a wk the information control mechanisms moved into place - ppl suspended, ppl deleted posts online to protect themselves #MWF2010
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JK: August 13th in China a contaminated dam was breached. More than 10'000 ppl marched in protest #MWF2010
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JK: But soon enough, the gvt clamped down. #MWF2010
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JK: In China there is not an "info overload." Change that the Internet has brought is incremental. #MWF2010
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Jay Rosen: 3 questions I've been asked hundreds of times #MWF2011
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JR: 1. "If we're open enough, won't the competition steal our stories?" #MWF2011
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JR: 2. " In the past Bf the Internet there was a common space - now everyone has their own source. Do we have an echo chamber." #MWF2011
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JR: my answer is the ppl complaining about the echo chamber is the echo chamber. #MWF2011
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JR: 3. "there's a lot of crap on the Internet ... how should I cope?" #MWF2011
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JR answers: there's no such thing as info overload, only a lack of filters #MWF2011
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JR: There is a flood of info. Ppl panic. Meanwhile, nerds work on the prob, find a solution. Then it happens all over again. #MWF2011
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JR: It's time to stop panicking. No-one is going to steal your story. #MWF2011
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JR: when ppl discover they have the same interest others do, that's liberating. #MWF2011
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Suelette Dreyfus: "a shout out to all the tweeters in the audience." #MWF2011
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SD: There are a small number of "omnipotents" in the US army who are able to view every program in the US. #MWF2011
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SD is describing one "omnipotent" being briefed on all the US programs and screaming "STOP!" This is info overload. #MWF2011
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SD: there is a tendency by intel agencies to be info hoarders #MWF2011
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Jeff Sparrow: #Wikileaks disclosures disappear into the void - they don't have an impact [Ed. Is this a q or a statement to SD?] #MWF2012
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SD: What Wikileaks does is removes the fog of war #MWF2011
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